Does an upbeat tempo lead to a more somber offering?

Final Assignment
For your final, you will select an album, a film, or theatrical performance to analyze from the approved list that follows. This task is similar to the midterm. However, these are larger works, and your analysis will necessarily be more in-depth. Like the midterm, this analysis should be your own, unique thoughts and ideas. Please do not use outside source material for your assignment.
Your task is to create an informative and visually attractive PowerPoint presentation. Your PowerPoint is due by Saturday at noon on week 8. You should post your PowerPoint to the final forum link in Moodle link on our week 8 page. Your PowerPoint should include the following:
Slide 1: Include your name and the discipline you’re going to focus on (music, theater, cinema).
Slide 2: Identify the artist, show a clip or visual representation of your selection, and discuss why you find the work inspiring. Why did you choose it?
Slide 3: Give your reader information about the work. What is it?
If it’s music, is it an album, a symphony, an opera? What is its form and genre—classical, jazz, fusion, rock, rap?
If it’s a theatrical work, is it a play, a musical, or improv?
If it’s cinema, what is its genre—narrative, documentary or absolute? Is there a more specific sub-genre you can identify?
Slide 4 and 5: Each of these endeavors has a creative director. In these slides, you will discuss the choices that those creative directors made. What are the elements you notice in the work? What are the moving pieces? How is it put together?
If it’s music, is the piece instrumental, vocal, or a combination? What instruments are employed? What is the timber and tone of the piece? What do you notice about beat, tempo, melody, harmony, texture, and dynamics?
If it’s a theatrical work, what do you notice about theater type, scene, set design, costuming, and lighting? Are there discernable acts? How does the plot unfold? Can you identify the plot elements of complication, reversal, climax, and denouement.
It it’s a film, what do you notice about the mise-en-scene? What do you notice about the types of shots the director employs? What do you notice about the editing and the kinds of cuts he/she uses? Do you see anything interesting or important with lighting?
Slide 6 and 7: In these slides, discuss how the work stimulates the senses. In the context of a larger work, like these, this is how all of the individual elements come together to create a whole experience.
If it’s music, how does the composition flow? How does one song transition to the next? Does an upbeat tempo lead to a more somber offering? What is the effect of this juxtaposition? Is there a message to the album, opera, or symphony? What is that message? What does the artist/composer want you to know or understand? How can you tell? What aspects of the composition contribute to this idea?
If it’s a theatrical work, how does one act move to the next? Is the production theatrical in nature or realistic and life like? Does the actors do a good job revealing each character’s motivations? What do you notice about the mood in the work? Can you identify a place where the mood changes in the work? What causes this change? It is lighting, or dialogue, or staging? What message do you think the playwright wanted to send? How can you tell? What aspects of the production contribute to this idea?
If it’s a film, consider the story. How does the story unfold? Consider the camera work and the different editing decisions. What message do you think the director wants to send this film? How do you know? What shots contribute to this message? What images help send this message? How does editing convey this idea? What do you notice about lighting or sound that helps send this message?
Slide 8: What is the overall experience of the work? How does it make you feel? Rate the work on a scale of 1 to 5 stars, five stars being the best. What aspect did you find enjoyable? What aspects were less so? Would you recommend it to a friend?
Remember, this is a final assignment, so it’s heavily weighted. Please devote an appropriate amount of time and effort to this task. You will be graded on the content of each slide, the imagery on your slides, and the conventions of your text. Please refer to the rubric for more detail.
You MUST choose from this list. If you want to analyze a different work, you MUST ask for approval from your professor no later than Week 6.
Musical Albums–Remember, an album is several songs, not just one. The majority of these albums are available on Spotify, YouTube, or Amazon music.
The Beatles The White Album (1968)
Pink Floyd Dark Side of the Moon (1973)
Bob Marley Legend (1984)
Madonna Like a Virgin (1984)
Public Enemy It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back (1988)
Pearl Jam Ten (1991)
Nirvana Nevermind (1991)
Cranberries No Need to Argue (1994)
The Notorious BIG Life After Death (1997)
Radiohead OK Computer (1997)
Beyonce Lemonade (2016)–Music only, not the visual portion
Justin Timberlake Man of the Woods (2018)
Symphony:
Tchaikovsky Swan Lake
Vivaldi Four Seasons
Opera:
Mozart The Magic Flute (1791)
Mozart The Marriage of Figaro (1786)
Johann Strauss II Die fledermaus (1874)
Movies–Many of these films are available on streaming services, at the redbox, or your local library.
Psycho (1960)
The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
Pulp Fiction (1994)
Fargo (1996)
Gladiator (2000)
Moulin Rouge! (2001)
Collateral (2004)
Carol (2015)
La La Land (2016)
The Shape of Water (2017)
Get Out (2017)
Cold Mountain (2003)
There will be blood (2007)
Pans labyrinth (2006)
Lady bird (2017)
Parasite (2019)
Fences (2016) The film version
Les Miserables (2012)
Nomadland (2020)
Big Fish (2003)
Theatre:
Hamilton
Rent
Death of a Salesman
West Side Story
Cabaret
Grading criteria
Slide 1
The first slide of the presentation includes your name and the discipline you’re going to focus on (music, theatre, cinema).
Maximum score10
Slide 2
The second slide addresses the artist and the specific piece of art you’ve chosen for this assignment. What is it? Why did you choose this particular album, symphony, opera, play, or movie?
Maximum score10
Slide 3
The third slide addresses information about the work. What is it?
Maximum score10
Slide 4 and 5
The fourth AND fifth slide address the particular elements of the work. How is it put together?
Maximum score20
Slide 6 and 7
The sixth AND seventh slide analyze how the work stimulates the senses. How do the individual elements come together to create a whole experience?
Maximum score20
Slide 8
The eighth slide comments on the overall experience. How does the work make you feel? What elements help to create the feeling? Work is rated on a 1-5 star scale. Recommendation is given (or not).
Maximum score10
Visual appearance
An image appears on each and every slide enhancing your analysis of the artwork. The slides are visually attractive.
Maximum score10
College level writing
The text of the presentation meets college-level expectations for grammar and mechanics.
Maximum score10

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